CONSERVATION IN OUR CARE
- FIELD WORK WILDLIFE EDUCATION
- WILDLIFE WELFARE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Social Research and Advocacy
Most studies show that wildlife species populations in Vietnam are threatened by a combination of overexploitation, habitat loss and fragmentation. Tragically, many of Vietnam’s most charismatic species are currently facing extinction. This is due to an increasing domestic and international demand for their meat, pelts and other body parts for medicinal products. Many studies have failed to identify the underlying factors that drive wildlife trade, or understand the characteristics of wildlife consumers, local needs and conservation requirement. As a result, awareness campaigns are currently developed without complete knowledge of their target demographic.
Wildlife wine was sold in the market in Vietnam
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife has been undertaking several social studies throughout Vietnam to provide a baseline understanding of why people hunt, eat and use wildlife products. For example, we have conducted a survey of involving a number of hunters and local communities to better understand our focal species, which has helped us to identify the best field research methods to study our targeted species. Recently, we have visited the traditional medicine shops selling wildlife to investigate why people continue to use pangolins scales for traditional medicine when alternatives are available. We found that many traditional medicine doctors could not explain exactly why using pangolins scales is good. However, there are many Vietnamese people who still believe pangolins are good for their health. It is essential to carry out more studies to understand consumer characteristics in order to develop recommendations to reduce the demand for pangolins, their products and derivatives through an evidence-based medicine and targeted-behavioural change campaigns.
Pangolin scales being sold in a traditional medicine shop